Review: “Lumberjanes Vol 1: Beware the Kitten Holy” by Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis

Review: "Lumberjanes Vol 1: Beware the Kitten Holy" by Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis  A review by Courtney.

Lumberjanes is a comic that has been on my radar for quite a while; I was hesitant to pick it up because it is rated E for everyone and I typically like a little more edge to my reading material. I met two of the creators of Lumberjanes at Rose City Comic Con a few weeks ago and they were both so awesome and friendly that it forced me off the fence and I had to buy volume 1.

Lumberjanes is the tale of five female campers at Miss Quinzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types. All five main female characters are well rounded, different and awesome. Ripley quickly became one of my favorite characters (I liked her for more than just her awesome name) because of how quirky she is. You quickly learn that all is not normal at this camp. The book explores popular tropes from movies and TV shows, for example the plot in one issue reminded me of Indiana Jones, but it was different enough, with all the characters working together to solve the riddles and traps, that it still felt original.

I generally connect better with comic books where you can get inside the character’s head and know what they are thinking. By the second issue in this volume I was mentally gasping and yelling along with the characters. The dialogue written between the characters is so well done that it allows you to really get to know them and makes it feel as if you could be friends with them.

The art in this volume is wonderful. The characters are all drawn differently and look like women you might know. They are also dressed appropriately and look like they are indeed camping. None of them are sexualized, which is something I look for when picking up a new comic book series. I would recommend it to anyone who thinks ladies are awesome.

My rating: 5/5 stars.

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